July 28th to 30th of 2017, Mwasi collective is hosting the first edition of the NYANSAPO festival, an event rooted in blackfeminism, activism, and on an European scale. Each year, the festival will be hosted by a different blackfeminist organization in Europe.
We aim to build long-term strategies and solidarities, and that is why it is important to meet, to share so we can keep fighting. For this first edition we have chosen to highlight the idea of how we get organized as blackfeminist movements.
Our festival will be divided in several spaces :
- A space reserved for black women and afab (about 80% of the festival’s activities) : debate groups about building strategies, what is our political horizon, support groups, reflexions on blackfeminism and self care
- A space reserved for black people (all genders) : debate groups about postcolonial feminism movements
- A space open to all races and genders : seminars, showcases and exhibitions
Why NYANSAPO ? It might seem weird to you, but with this name for our festival, we chose to honor the wisdown of our communities. NYANSAPO is a adinkra (visual symbols created by the Ashanti of Ghana and the Gyaman of Ivory Coast), which represents the idea a “wisdom nod, ingenuity, intelligence. The ability to choose the best way to reach your goal by using knowledge and experience”.
Seems great, right ? Now we are waiting for you sistas, come in numbers and spread the word !